Merle is an interdisciplinary expressive arts and movement educator who has always been interested in what liberates us and the journey of our lives. After living in Europe for a while, she purchased a round the world ticket and a backpack and travelled for twelve months in a west/east direction, experiencing different cultures and traditions, it’s been a growth experience. During her travels, in Bali and Papua New Guinea she witnessed embodied expression in song and dance by hundreds of indigenous people. At the end of her travels she reflected on how she viewed herself in the world and her interest in the mind and body relationship. The human potential movement was a welcoming door for her. She later became a body and creative arts therapist and trained in Butoh dance. Now she could synthesize her work with embodied expression and her therapy trainings and wanted to contribute something to make a difference to people’s lives. She developed multi-disciplinary programs focusing on reversing perceived and self-imposed limitations which holds us back from being who we truly are while exploring the relationship between the mind, body and creative imagination. Using the fundamentals of creativity and movement based expressive arts practices. She offers an abundance of creative tools to her students to live from a deeper wisdom by tapping their inner resources. She teaches and presents her work internationally, at universities, colleges, international conferences, self-development centres, as well as in the corporate sector, and has appeared on numerous TV and radio programmes in Mexico, Guatemala and Australia. Merle has also been invited by several drama departments to facilitate actors in developing a stronger connection between verbal content and embodied expression. In Oaxaca Mexico she was invited to introduce her work to street children for healing and social integration using integrated art expression. In 1995 during her work at the Nordic Black Theatre in Oslo, participants shared experiencing a sense of liberation while gaining the confidence to express what matters deeply and often has no words.
During her journey around the globe this led her to work with leading companies including:
The Actors Centre (London), Laban Centre (England), Mandala Senter for Helhet (Norway), Skyros Centre (Greece), AIKE Centre – Arbeitskreis fur individuele ond kollektive emanzipation (Vienna), Black Mime Theatre (London), Instituto Wilhelm Reich (Mexico), Instituto Venezolano de Bioenergetica (Venezuela),Universitetet I Trodheim (Norway), Centrum for Psykosyntes and Kreativ Kommunikation( Sweden), Skandinaviska Institutet for Uttryckande Konst ( Sweden), Rogaland School of Art (Norway), Nordic Black Theatre (Norway), Ängsbacka Kursgård (Sweden).
She also met many remarkable teachers, either in person or through the legacy of their work, who have had an influence on her learning and unfolding of her practice. Her sources are diverse.
Her training with Anna Halprin. tamalpa.org
Her training with Gerda Boyesen. biodynamic.org
The teachings of Paul Rebillot in The Heros Journey http://the-heros-journey.com/paul-rebillot.html
The writings and recorded lectures of Joseph Campbell.
The writings of Krisna Murti
Through training and writings of Gabriele Roth. Gabrielle Roth – Flowing,Staccato,Chaos,Lyrical,Stillness – YouTube
Through her trainings with Augusto Boal
Her training experiences with members of the Grotowski laboratorium http://www.grotowski.net/encyklopedia/teatr-laboratorium
The writings of Carl Gustav Jung
The writings of Bell Hooks http://www.bellhooksinstitute.com
The writings of Maya Angelou https://www.mayaangelou.com
Her experiences of Alchemical voice theatre with Enrique Pardo Enrique Pardo – Pantheatre
Through her trainings in Butoh dance with Tetsuro Fukuhara http://sd-museum.com/tetsuro/
Through voice work with Ida Kelarova kelarova.com
“As we tap into the deep sources of bodily wisdom through creative art expression, we dance the renewal, recreation, and healing of ourselves and our world.” Anna Halprin
The leadership of Desmond Tutu in the Truth and Reconciliation Commission